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Election Integrity and Security

Opinions Are Fun. Facts Are Better.

Disinformation is loud, mute the noise.

2020 was a noisy year for foreign disinformation. 2021 will be too. Don’t listen to it. The Secretary of State’s office is the trusted source for election information. Shhhh….you can hear facts protecting democracy.

The foreign threat to our election was real.

It happened, Colorado. Foreign adversaries tried to interfere in our elections and undermine confidence in the results.

All foreign threat alerts

But law enforcement, military, and national security partners made clear the election was secure, the results reliable. Colorado county clerks who run elections said the same.

Law Enforcement:  The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation determined in March 2021 that:

  • There is no evidence any foreign government or other actors compromised election infrastructure to change results.
  • Claims that foreign governments—including Venezuela, Cuba, or China—interfered in the election were investigated and determined to not be credible. 

Military:  The four-star general leading Cyber Command indicated in November 2020 that: 

  • He is very confident foreign adversaries did not affect our elections.

Intelligence Officials:  The Director of National Intelligence reported in March 2021 that:

  • There are no indications foreign actors attempted to alter any technical aspect of the voting process.

Former Attorney General, Bill Barr, noted in December 2020 that:

  • Law enforcement looked into claims of wide spread fraud, such as machines changing election results, and did not find anything to support those claims.
  • Law enforcement did not see evidence of fraud on a scale that could have affected election results.

Former Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, said in November 2020 that:

  • The 2020 election was the most secure in US history and there are no indications foreign actors compromised voting machines and changed votes.

Former US Attorney for Colorado, Jason Dunn, appointed by the previous President, indicated in February 2021 that:

  • There is no evidence Dominion systems performed other than how they were supposed to, even after the FBI looked into reports about them.
  • Anyone questioning results in Colorado is not being honest with the public.

Former Department of Homeland Security Election Chief, Chris Krebs, noted in November 2020 that:

  • The 2020 election was the most secure in US history—and no foreign or domestic actor changed votes or interfered in the election process.

The Colorado County Clerk Association (CCCA), which is comprised of Republican, Unaffiliated, and Democratic clerks, noted in December 2020 that:

  • “The allegations regarding the Dominion Voting systems are false and the audit of the paper ballots demonstrated the facts. Colorado elections are secure and independently verifiable and are not dependent on the voting systems, but paper ballots.”

Your vote matters, fight back with facts.

Together, we can counter future election threats. Here’s how.

What you can do

Keep it real. Be aware of disinformation, think before you link, and use trusted sources.

Spread facts.

Educate yourself. Explore research on social media and disinformation, and running elections:

What we’re doing

Partnering. Built partnerships with groups across Colorado to combat foreign influence. If you want to partner with us, please contact COElectionIntegrity@sos.state.co.us.

Shedding light. We are informing Coloradans what lies foreign enemies are spreading so you can be on the lookout. (Share this website!)

Local officials leading. Douglas and San Miguel counties have you covered for trusted election information.

Note: These links are being provided for informational purposes. The Colorado Department of State bears no responsibility for the accuracy or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site with any questions regarding its content.

Trust but verify. The myths of voter fraud.

Elections can’t be stolen. We conduct audits and recounts to ensure results are accurate.

Fraud is extremely rare and easily identified. Colorado voting processes are designed to prevent fraud and ensure votes are accurately counted.

Fraud is prosecuted. Anyone attempting election fraud can be prosecuted.

  • Under Colorado Law, ineligible voting or registration is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $5,000.00, imprisonment in the county jail for up to 18 months, or both.
  • Under Federal Law, voters and election officials can be prosecuted for numerous offenses.

Complaint forms.

File a complaint alleging a violation of Colorado Election Law (PDF).

File a complaint alleging a violation of Title III of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (PDF).

The Opinionators

Colorado’s state symbols sure have a lot of opinions. But they also know where to go for facts on elections - GoVoteColorado.gov.